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Japan inspires contest winner

Visiting Japan has long been a dream of one Calgarian — and that vision of the Orient translated to a snowboard won him a big prize.

Burton snowboards awarded Stephen Tran, 19, a $3,500 snowboard package in a Metro-sponsored contest with WinSport Canada for the design, selected from among hundreds of entries.

“Going to Japan was always something I’ve really wanted to do,” said Tran. “I just like the city views, and that why I have part of the city on the back.”

Tran, an architectural design student at SAIT and lifelong Calgarian said though he’s not an avid snowboarder now — the contest win has lit the fire to strap on a board.

For WinSport Canada, the hugely successful contest got the local snowboard community involved.

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